Working together to manage the K'ómoks EstuaryProject Watershed has taken an active part in helping create a plan for integrated management of the estuary across all governing bodies to ensure estuary health and resilience.The Comox Valley Regional District took the...
Puntledge River-related posters with information about salmon, salmon habitat and habitat restoration.
Slide Show – Presented by Lora (Tyron) McAuley, R.P.Bio, M.Sc.
The Courtenay River is the shortest navigable river the world. It starts where the Puntledge and Tsolum rivers converge and occupies a prominent central location in the heart of the City of Courtenay.
Riparian areas include the native trees, shrubs and grasses growing alongside water-courses. These native plants provide vegetative cover to help moderate water temperature.
Off-channel habitats provide lower water velocity, moderated water temperature, and enhanced food availability. They are important because they have been shown to benefit juvenile salmon growth and survival, decrease their competition for food and space, help keep larger predators away and provide important refuge.
A riparian area is the interface between the land and a river or stream. Riparian areas link water to land. They boarder streams, lakes and wetlands and encompass the trees, shrubs and grasses growing along these water bodies.
Over 2017- 2018, the Project Watershed team completed a habitat improvement project. The endeavour included the removal of an old culvert connecting the Courtenay River through the park into an inner pond area.
When Simms Millennium Park opened in 2000 it included off channel habitat for fish and other riparian species. This was one of only three off-channel habitats for juvenile salmonids along a three km stretch of the upper ecotone of the K’ómoks Estuary.
Guided walking and kayaking tours showcasing green infrastructure in and around the Courtenay River were held on May 10 and 11, 2019. The tours were geared towards increasing political awareness of the possibilities of green infrastructure. Participants visited areas where green infrastructure was already in place or where it could be implemented in the future.
Simms Millennium Park is a municipally-owned 9.0 acre park located off the Old Island Highway directly across from Lewis Park and is naturally bounded by the Courtenay River to the south and Courtenay River Slough to the East and North.
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